Ammonia Test Kit by PondCare
Starts at: $14.29
Quickly & accurately measures the level of ammonia in pond water, reading levels from 0 ppm to 7 ppm. Makes 75 tests.
Determines the level of toxic ammonia in both new & established ponds.
Ammonia is continuously produced from fish waste & urine, uneaten fish food & decaying plants & dead insects.
Includes test solution, glass test tube w/ cap, color chart & instructions.
Purpose And Benefits:
Koi and goldfish excrete ammonia from their gills. Urine and solid fish waste breakdown into ammonia. Decaying plants and algae also release ammonia into the pond. Uneaten fish food will also decompose and release ammonia into the pond. Ammonia is toxic to fish. Chronic exposure to low levels of ammonia will damage the gill tissue. This prevents normal gas exchange across the gills. Fish will become weak and susceptible to a variety of diseases. High levels of ammonia will result in rapid fish loss.
It is impossible to see or smell ammonia in pond water. The only way to know if ammonia is present in the pond is with an ammonia test kit. Use the Pond Care Liquid Ammonia Test Kit to accurately measure the ammonia level in ponds and water gardens.
Directions For Use:
Read thoroughly before testing. Do not allow Test Solutions to get into aquarium.
To remove childproof safety cap: With one hand, push red tab left with thumb while unscrewing cap with free hand.
1. Fill a clean test tube with 5 ml of water to be tested (to the line on the tube).
2. Add 8 drops from Ammonia Test Solution Bottle #1, holding the dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to assure uniformity of drops added to the water sample.
3. Add 8 drops from Ammonia Test Solution Bottle #2, holding the dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to assure uniformity of drops added to the water sample.
4. Cap the test tube and shake vigorously for 5 seconds. Do not hold finger over the open end of the tube, as this may affect the test results.
5. Wait 5 minutes for the color to develop.
6. Read the test results by matching the test solution against the Ammonia Test Color Chart. The tube should be viewed against the white area beside the color chart. Color comparisons are best made in a well-lit area. The closest match indicates the ppm (mg/L) of ammonia in the water sample. Rinse the test tube with clean water after each use.
Bottle #2 contains sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite
Causes severe burns
Contact with acids liberates toxic gas
Toxic by inhalation, in contact with skin and if swallowed
Danger of cumulative effects
Keep locked up and out of the reach of children
Keep away from food, drink and animal feeding stuffs
In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water (at least 15 minutes) and seek medical advice immediately. If contact lenses are present, remove after 5 minutes and continue rinsing
After contact with skin, wash immediately with plenty of water. Remove contaminated clothing
Wear suitable gloves and eye/face protection
In case of accident or if you feel unwell, seek medical advice immediately (show label where possible)
Do not mix with acidic materials
The Pond Care® Liquid Ammonia Test Kit can be used to test ammonia in ponds and water gardens. The Liquid Ammonia test Kit is compatible with “ammonia removing” products.
Q:How often should I test for ammonia?
A:Regular testing is necessary to make sure the ammonia level is safe. Pond water should be tested for ammonia every other day when the pond is first set up, and once a week after the biological filter has been established (in about 4 to 6 weeks).
The ammonia level should always be zero once the biological filter is established.
Q:My fish are healthy and the ammonia test always shows zero ammonia. Why should I keep testing?
A:When a dental examination shows healthy teeth and no cavities it indicates good hygiene. It is much the same with ammonia in the pond. The ammonia test is a diagnostic tool that indicates proper care is being given to the fish. If the test kit always shows zero ammonia it means you are properly caring for your fish.
Q:Initially my pond had no ammonia. After a week the ammonia level began to rise. Why?
A:The fish began releasing ammonia into the water as soon as they were added to the pond. As you began feeding the fish they produced more ammonia until it was detectable on the test kit.
Q:My water garden has been set up for over five years and never had an ammonia problem. Now the ammonia test kit indicates an ammonia problem. Why?
A:There are several possible reasons for an ammonia surge in an established pond.
Koi and goldfish grow every year. Each year they consume more food and release more ammonia than the year before. It may be that the number and size of the fish is too great for the pond’s ecosystem.
Check the pH. If the pH drops to around 6.0 the nitrifying bacteria will be inhibited. This will result in an increase in ammonia and/or nitrite.
Over-feeding a properly stocked pond will certainly cause an ammonia problem.
Make sure the filtration system is clean and running properly. A dirty filter can become anaerobic and release ammonia into the pond.
Q:Can the ammonia test kit be used with ammonia removers?